Archive for March, 2005

ABC Office Successfully Reaches 25th Anniversary.

Monday, March 21st, 2005

ABC Office, a local Kaysville, Utah, company has successfully reached 25 years in business. With simple beginnings, ABC Office is now one of the most successful online office equipment stores that specialize in high-end office equipment and accessories. The company ships hundreds of packages a day, and expects business to keep growing.

ABC Office Logo

It all started in the home of William Barlow in 1980. During that time, Mr. Barlow was working out of his home in Bountiful, Utah, selling office equipment to businesses. During that time, the company focused primarily on print shops and copy centers. The company grew quickly and a new office had to be purchased. A structure in the Bountiful city business district was purchased, gutted and remodeled to fit the company’s needs. Over the next few years the business continued to grow and additional office space was built.

In the mid 1990s, the Internet was beginning to grow in popularity and the idea of an online storefront took hold. In 1996, ABC Office initiated its first online Web site where customers could browse products, with ease, from their own computer. “We saw the potential of the Internet,” said Calvin Barlow, current president of ABC Office.

As soon as the Web site was built, calls and orders started coming in from around the world. ABC Office used to sell primarily to customers in Utah, but with the introduction of the Web site, the company began to sell more and more outside the state. The business began to grow so fast that the existing warehouse and store were quickly outgrown.

The current owners and sons of founder William Barlow, Calvin and Brent Barlow, knew they needed to find a new location where they could continue grow. They purchased a plot of land in Kaysville, Utah, and started building a new structure that was completed in December of 1999. The current building, including warehouse space, totals 27,000 square feet.

The building has a display floor, where local customers test out products and purchase machines. The warehouse allows ABC Office to ship products directly to customers, which cuts down on shipping time and customer service. Hundreds of packages ship out of the new warehouse on a daily basis. The staff includes a sales department, Web department, purchasing department, accounting department and a fully functioning service department.

Products are shipped to countries in North America, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East on a regular basis. ABC Office has increased its product line, from the traditional binding machines and paper cutters, to now include security equipment, display racks and photo ID equipment. Paper shredders are currently one of the most popular products sold.

Customers are now able to securely order products via a toll-free phone line or by using the online shopping cart. One of the newest features available to customers is the ability to see a live and interactive video demo over the Internet with a sales associate. This allows customers to see a product live and in action while asking questions and receiving answers.

ABC Office is a true realization of the American Dream. In only 25 years, ABC Office has gone from a door-to-door, home-based business to an international leader in high-end office equipment, accessories
and supplies. To see the wide selection of products and services that ABC Office has to offer, please visit the Web site at here: ABC Office.

Have You Heard About FACTA?

Monday, March 7th, 2005

Paper ShreddersThis coming June, a new law will go into effect that will require anyone who has one or more employees to properly destroy their personal information when being discarded. This new law is called the “Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act” (FACTA). Few people are aware of this new law and even fewer are aware of the penalties involved if it is not followed. This act is designed to protect private employee information. This is the biggest personal ID protection act issued since HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).

A failure of employers to shred or destroy private employee information could result in a class-action lawsuit or government fines. Civil and state laws warrant up to $1,000 in fines per employee violation and federal law warrants up to $2,500 per violation. This important law can be followed and fines avoided by properly destroying this information with a paper shredder. Employers cannot afford to ignore this new act.

Identity theft is an ever-growing and increasing problem in the United States. Garbage, by law, is considered unprotected and is vulnerable to dumpster divers and thieves. This means employers cannot throw employee information in the garbage and consider it properly discarded.

This new law applies to all employees, even if you have just one. This means that yard workers, cleaners and nannies apply to this new rule as well.

One of the best means of destroying personal information is by using a paper shredder.

Strip-cut shredders are still the preferred method of shredding, but cross-cut shredders are quickly growing in popularity. This is due, in part, to the fact that strip-cut shredders have been around longer. Strip cut shredders, especially over-the-can shredders, typically shred paper into ¼-inch strips. These strips, although hard to decipher, can still be reassembled. Cross-cut, or confetti-cut, shredders make it next to impossible to reassemble shredded documents.

You Can Now Digitally Capture Sound, Speeches and Conversations.

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Digital Voice RecorderABC Office now sells a line of digital voice recorders that can easily capture sound, speeches and conversations. These digital voice recorders are the equivalent for sound as digital cameras are for images. These recorders store the audio, some up to 18 hours that can later be transferred to a computer for editing or later note taking.

These digital voice recorders are growing in popularity among doctors, lawyers, students, professors and more. Rather than having to worry about a tape, all the data is stored digitally in the recorder that can later be stored to a computer and burned to a CD. Tapes will break down over time. Digital data will retain its integrity for years. Tapes are also limited to a small amount of space, usually from 20 to 90 minutes, depending on the recorder. Digital voice recorders are available in models that will record as little as four hours or as many as 18 and more. Sound quality also increases with digital voice recorders.

Doctors often use these recorders for dictation with patients that can later be recalled or typed. Students will use these recorders for recording lessons in class, allowing them to interact and give their full attention and later replay discussions for note taking. These recorders are also very popular with private investigators and reporters. A voice recorder can be a lifesaver when trying to gather as much information as possible for a story or news article. A built-in speaker, or included headset, lets you listen to previous recordings on the spot.

Digital voice recorders are compact and can easily be fit in a purse, a pocket or other locations. For recording conversations, a voice recorder can easily be placed next to a podium or pulpit without creating an eyesore. A phone attachment allows phone conversations to be easily recorded.  This is ideal for recording conversations with loved ones or to gather evidence. In order to save battery life, a VOX/VOR feature is built in that will only record when sound is present.

The complete line of digital voice recorders can be viewed by going here. helpful digital voice recorder guide can be viewed by going here.

Digital voice recorders are a great way to help you stay organized, record speeches, conversations and more.

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